If you attended this year’s RSA conference, you witnessed the growing demand for cyber security as the conference expanded across all three halls of Moscone Center in San Francisco.
One element of last year’s cybersecurity executive order was a report by the DoD and GSA on how to improve the government’s cybersecurity posture through acquisition reform.
In advance of the March 4th budget proposal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel previewed the Pentagon’s five-year plan, which includes $115 billion in spending over sequestration spending caps, in addition to various cuts to personnel and programs.
International sales continue to play an important role in 2014 within the aerospace and defense industry as companies look to diversify revenue and operations amidst domestic budget uncertainty.
In President Obama’s speech on NSA surveillance on January 17th, the President told the audience that “in our rush to respond to a very real and novel set of threats, the risk of government overreach, the possibility that we lose some of our core liberties in pursuit of security also became more pronounced.”
As we approach halfway through the government fiscal year (“GFY”) 2014, a significant portion of the year’s funding is yet to be obligated. However, the recently approved budget and appropriations bill may result in contractors seeing increased funding from customer agencies.
The House and Senate passed legislation Wednesday to extend the government’s borrowing authority. Lawmakers were under extreme pressure to come up with a solution before February 27th, the date the Government would hit the current ceiling.
Rhetoric on the importance of cybersecurity policy from the highest levels of government, usually in the form of mandates and legislation, has been a common theme over the past few years. At the recent Cybersecurity Innovation Forum in Baltimore, MD on January 29th, the White House’s top cybersecurity official, Michael Daniel, spoke at length about the broadening security threat posed by the “Internet of Things.”